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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Make Your Own "Green Machine" Smoothie at Home

Mike's wife here to tell you about my new addiction! Green Machine smoothies from Naked. I don't normally drink juice but this isn't your average every day juice. It's basically a bunch of tasty, healthy things pureed, bottled and over priced. But it's so good! I was buying it a lot, and at $6.99 a half gallon, it was an expensive addiction! So, being the DIYer that I am, I decided I'd better figure out how to make this stuff on my own or it was going to start becoming a problem. I didn't think it had to be all that hard, since they claim to use all "whole ingredients."
Which they do:
Apple juice, mango puree, pineapple juice, banana puree, kiwifruit puree, green machine mix (spirulina, chorella, broccoli, green tea extract, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, blue green algae, echinacea, purpurea extract, odorless garlic), natural flavor
Plus the famous "natural flavor" at the end. It bothers me that they don't have to get specific on what that really means.

VegSource.com defines it as:
The exact definition of natural flavorings & flavors from Title 21, Section 101, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

"The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional."


In other words, natural flavors can be pretty much anything approved for use in food.
So I set out to make my own rendition of this frothy, sweet drink.  We invested in something called the Ninja (Awesome food processor/blender thing) and have been drinking smoothies all week!

You basically just throw whole pieces of whatever fruit or vegetables you have laying around (And that you think would make a tasty combo) and puree away. This time I chose a tangerine, kiwi, spinach, and mango.

I've made one with blueberries, strawberries, spinach and an apple, as well which was awesome too. I haven't tried adding the fancy wheat grass, green tea, algae or spirulina, etc but I suppose it couldn't hurt. I just see it as an added expense and I am sure the spinach does just as good a job as those things. (whatever they are!)

Pureeing!

Mmm...sweet and frothy!
It's up to you, but in the end you'll have something almost resembling Green Machine for a fraction of the price. Minus the "natural flavors" of course!

5 comments:

Try spinach and grate some ginger root. Tastes like fruit punch.

Whole peaches, lemon, carbonated water and tequila!

I like to add a little honey to all my smoothies (usually banana, strawberry, and blueberry)!

Naked tastes great but you should know they aren't using whole fruit really all the way through.

Food labels have to be from the must abundant indredient to the smallest. Notice the first 4 ingredients are jucies & purees, apple and pineapple juice add a bunch of sugar. The Mango puree and banana puree are likely from real fruit. But don't think they simply took apples, pineapples, banana and mangos and ran them through a blender. They took puree and added a ton of sweet juice. That's why it says "No Sugar Added." The sugar is in the juice they add. That's part of why some of those premium labels try to charge so much like PRessed. They are argueing that they don't add all those juices. Now whether that's worth $7 bucks or has any "detoxing" effect i surely don't know. Well i know i wouldn't pay that much. But anyways. You're is better because you're not adding sweet juices. :)

I thought that natural flavors meant the flavors had to be taken directly from real fruits or vegetables. Thanks for sharing that.

I can't say that I like green smoothies. However, those will help any person who wants to stay fit or lose weight to achieve their health goals.

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